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This is the first book-length study in any language about this Russian artist—Marius Petipa’s colleague and Tchaikovsky’s collaborator—who is widely celebrated and yet virtually unknown. It follows Ivanov from his infancy in a St Petersburg foundling home through to his career as a dancer, régisseur, and choreographer in the St Petersburg Imperial Ballet. Ivanov’s artistic world is described, as is his legacy— some dozen works, including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and the famous dances from Prince Igor—that inspired Mikhail Fokine in the next generation. The book is richly documented, including the first complete publication of Ivanov’s memoirs and hundreds of citations, many published here for the first time, from state documents, reminiscences, and criticism.

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